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Rustic Retreats
When you live in the 209, you might not consider it as a vacation destination, but there are plenty of places in the region to escape the frenetic pace of day-to-day life and bask in a bucolic setting. Here are a few retreats to rent in the 209 that will renew the spirit. 

Gold Creek Cabin

Volcano, CA
Rustic meter: Luxury Living

This custom built four-bedroom cabin bills itself as having all the amenities of a five-star hotel combined with the seclusion of five acres of forest nestled in the heart of the California Gold Country.  The entire cabin has nine beds and can accommodate 12 guests.
The main level features a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with granite counters and stainless-steel appliances that opens into the living room with a large fireplace and a cathedral ceiling. The lower level features a pool table and the outside deck has a fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows. Other amenities include high-speed internet, radiant heating in bathroom floors, a tankless hot water system for long hot showers, instant-on gas fireplaces with thermostat, streaming of live and on-demand television and a Tesla wall connector charging station.
The location of this luxury log cabin is perfectly situated near Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Sutter Creek, with easy access to year-round outdoor activities, wine tasting, restaurants, historical gold rush towns, antique stores and the Jackson Rancheria casino.

Riverside Tented Cabin

Acampo, CA
Rustic meter:
Back to Nature

Up to four guests can cozy up in a tented cabin located on a working vineyard and next to the Mokelumne River.
The cabin boasts a comfortable queen-size bunk bed, and the wood-burning stove keeps it toasty. Each tented cabin comes with a campfire grill and a small deck with Adirondack chairs. There is an on-site toilet, along with a sun shower for guests to use at their convenience. The campers also have access to a picnic table, benches, and a fire pit, perfect for an evening of s'mores and campfire stories.
Kayaks and paddles are available for rent, along with stocked picnic baskets. Guests can also purchase a chilled bottle of Sauvignon Blanc or a Zinfandel, and there are winery tours available. 

Bigfoot Retreat

Dorrington, CA
Rustic meter:
Comforts of Home

This two-story home features exposed wood beams, new wood flooring through out most of the home and a main living space with an open floor plan that flows out to the deck overlooking the forest. The home has four bedrooms and can accommodate up to 10 people. There’s central heat and air available and a working wood stove, which helps keep the main floor nice and cozy during winter nights.
Bigfoot Retreat is located near Bear Valley Ski Area and Lake Alpine, offering guests a bevy of outdoor recreation options like skiing, fishing, and hiking.

Magical Dome

Pioneer, CA
Rustic meter:
Comforts of Home

There’s getting back to nature and then there’s getting up to nature. This dome house is nestled among the madrone trees and offers a secluded retreat in the foothills. The dome has two bedrooms and can accommodate up to 10 guests. The large living room is heated with a big wood stove and plenty of firewood is stocked up for use, while each room has electric heaters. There’s an outdoor living area to enjoy with a barbecue and a dog run to cater to the well-behaved four-legged visitors.
Magical Dome is a short drive to Jackson Rancheria Casino, Kirkwood Ski Resort, lakes, golf courses, cavern exploration and numerous wineries.

Palisades Home

Kirkwood, CA
Rustic meter:
Luxury Living

This cabin is a skier’s paradise with all the amenities and the ability to ski in and out. The custom designed ski room is equipped with eight lockers and 16 cubbies, a full tuning bench, and a 24 pair boot rack. One upstairs master suite has one king bed and bath with a solid marble tub; a second has one king bed and private bathroom with two separate showers and vanity areas. All total the home six bedrooms and can accommodate 16 guests.
The house is designed to maximize natural light and showcases sweeping views of Red Cliffs.
Located in the Palisades, a ski-in/ski-out neighborhood in Kirkwood, guests will have easy access to skiing, dining, hiking, biking and other year-round activities.

Rustic Retreat at The Redwoods in Yosemite

Wawona, CA
Rustic meter:
Luxury Living

This three-bedroom log cabin with impressive stone detailing inside and out, has large picture frame windows that offer pristine views of the surrounding wilderness. The home sleeps up to 10 people and has several unique features like heated tile floors in the kitchen and bathrooms, a stone fireplace in the living room, a jetted spa tub, a game room, and a covered second-floor deck with large sky lights for stargazing. The kitchen will appeal to anyone’s inner chef with a six-burner Wolf Range stove top, two ovens, and plenty of counter top space to chop, dice and slice.
Wawona is located four miles inside the southern entrance of Yosemite National Park and at the base of Chilnualna Falls, which is the second highest vertical drop waterfall in Yosemite. Wawona is also the closest town to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. 

Two Bears Dancing

Twain Harte, CA
Rustic meter:
Comforts / Luxury
The five-acre property has a 4,000-square foot home and three yurts and can accommodate 15 guests in total.
The Tree House Yurt is a bedroom with a queen size bed, a commode, small refrigerator and a coffee/tea station. The Floating Yurt is on the private lake and offers a peaceful respite with a queen bed, commode and small refrigerator. The third yurt is used as a place to gather and enjoy the area. 
The main home has four bedrooms, an antique wood burning stove, a formal dining area with seating for eight or more, an outdoor seating area, and a home theater.
The private lake is spring fed and guests can use the paddle boat on the grounds.

Hilltop Yosemite Retreat

Mariposa, CA
Rustic meter:
  Luxury Living

A person would be hard-pressed to find a more resplendent place to relax after a long day of hiking and exploring Yosemite National Park than the Hilltop Yosemite Retreat. The three-bedroom home on 22-acres can accommodate up to 10 guests. 
Outside has an expansive redwood deck that offers stunning views, along with comfortable seating areas, fire pits, a hot tub, a pool, and an outdoor grill. Inside, the home has a large stone fireplace in the living room, a game room, and a top-of-the-line kitchen.
The home is two miles from the restaurants and shops in downtown Mariposa and offers easy access into Yosemite’s El Portal entrance.

Yosemite Pines RV Resort
and Family Lodging 
Conestoga Wagon

Groveland, CA
Rustic meter
: Back to Nature

Here’s an opportunity to recreate a pioneer experience without forgoing any modern amenities. The Conestoga Wagons are outfitted with a king and twin beds and can sleep from four to six people depending on the size of the selected wagon. The wagons are air-conditioned and have heating and include an under-counter refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, bed linens and are convenient to the restroom and showers. Each wagon includes a picnic table and barbecue/fire ring.
The resort offers gold panning, games area, sand volleyball court, horseshoes, petting farm, convenience store, nature trails and swimming pool.
The location of the resort is about 22 miles from Yosemite Park’s West entrance, which can be reached along a scenic drive offering spectacular views.